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MANNERS
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Striking manners ate bad manners.
      - Robert Hall

More tears have been shed over men's lack of manners than their lack of morals.
      - Helen Hathaway, Manners for Men

The mildest manners with the bravest mind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXIV, l. 963), (Pope's translation)

Simplicity of manner is the last attainment. Men are very long afraid of being natural, from the dread of being taken for ordinary.
      - Lord Francis Jeffrey

Good breeding consists in having no particular mark of any profession, but a general elegance of manners.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Reproof should not exhaust its power upon petty failings.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

They teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing-master.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He was so generally civil, that nobody thanked him for it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Just as politeness imitates kindness, so does grace imitate modesty.
      - Joseph Joubert

The habit of being uniformly considerate toward others will bring increased happiness to you.
      - Grenville Kleiser

A man's worth is estimated in this world according to his conduct.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Good manners require space and time.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Grace is to the body what good sense is to the mind.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Many young persons believe themselves natural when they are only impolite and coarse.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire of appearing so.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

As a man's salutations, so is the total of his character; in nothing do we lay ourselves so open as in our manner of meeting and salutation.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

In the society of ladies, want of sense is not so unpardonable as want of manners.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

There is certainly something of exquisite kindness and thoughtful benevolence in that rarest of gifts,--fine breeding.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

Real good-breeding is independent of the forms and refinements of what has assumed to itself the name of society.
      - George MacDonald

In manners, tranquillity is the supreme power.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

Manners are the root, laws only the trunk and branches. Manners are the archetypes of laws. Manners are laws in their infancy; laws are manners fully grown,--or, manners are children, which, when they grow up, become laws.
      - Horace Mann

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
      - Horace Mann

(Manners:) Ah, ah Sir Thomas, Honores mutant Mores.
  (More:) Not so, in faith, but have a care lest we translate the proverb and say, "Honours change Manners."
      - Lord Thomas Manners, Earl of Rutland, and Sir Thomas More,
        Diary of Margaret More,
        Manners (Lord Rutland) to Sir Thomas More, and More's answer to Manners

My lords, we are vertebrate animals, we are mammalia! My learned friend's manner would be intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle.
      - Sir William Henry Maule, To the Court,
        on the authority of Lord Coleridge


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